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Medals of bravery awarded to nine soldiers.



Public health conference begins

A ‘National Conference on Revitalising Public Health’ kicked off at the Paradise Island Resort on Monday with foreign experts and professionals from the health sector.

Vice President Faisal Naseem, who inaugurated the conference as the guest of honour, appealed against smoking in public. “Even if we desperately want to smoke, we have to think about others and the dangers we cause them,” he said. 

The conference aims to formulate a road map to achieve the targets of the current administration’s five-year strategic action plan.

Home ministry launches campaign to combat fake news

The home ministry launched a four-month campaign on Monday to raise awareness among the public and media against fake news. 

“Fake news ruins families, businesses and it even creates discord between countries and sometimes is the cause for war,” Home Minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla said after launching the campaign with Maldives National Universirty’s Chancellor Hassan Hameed. 

Senior journalists from Vnews, Mihaaru and Vaguthu along with three former journalists and presenter Mariyam Waheedha were appointed as ambassadors for the awareness campaign.

Mahaz appointed to Supreme Court

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih presented the letter of appointment to new Supreme Court Justice Mahaz Ali Zahir on Monday afternoon.

The former drug court judge’s nomination by the president was confirmed by parliament last week. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Dr Ahmed Abdulla Didi.

Met office predicts ‘above normal rainfall’ in November

Rainfall in the northern and central is likely to be above normal in November, according to a rainfall outlook report from the Maldives Meteorological Services.

“November is the last month of southwest monsoon and rainfall amount normally decreases compare to October. During this month, southern atolls receive relatively higher rainfall than central and northern atolls,” the Met office explained.

Rainfall is expected to be normal-above normal in southern atolls, it added.

Bravery medal awarded to nine soldiers

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Sunday night awarded silver medals of bravery to nine soldiers who risked their lives to rescue people trapped in apartments in the September 20 warehouse fire in Malé.

The medals were handed out at a function held at the Kalhuthuhkalaa Koshi barracks in the capital to commemorate Victory Day.

“Stressing that the mightiest spear in the battle to protect our religion and our sovereignty is the relationship between civilians and the armed forces, President Solih said that Maldivians displayed the same bond of togetherness during the treacherous attack of 3rd November 1988, and later on during the 2004 tsunami crisis as well as the recent Henveiru ward fire incident,” the president’s office said.

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